Worldwide icon-chevron-right South Pacific icon-chevron-right Australia icon-chevron-right Sydney icon-chevron-right Things to do in Sydney this weekend
View of Bondi from cliff
Photograph: Unsplash/Martyna Bober

Things to do in Sydney this weekend

Whether you're staying in or hitting the road – we've got you covered.

By Maxim Boon and Divya Venkataraman
Advertising

Throw off your shackles, Sydney, you're free(-ish). Now that restrictions have eased, our favourite bars and restaurants are enticing us back into their arms – try out this food truck drive-through, book out the Grounds of Alexandria, or try out South Coast institution Pilgrims which has just opened up in Bronte. 

If you'd rather be outdoors, explore one of these famed walks around the city, or plan your next road trip – regional travel is allowed from Monday, June 1. 
Whether you're spending your time indoors or out of the house, there's a lot to do – just make sure to stick to physical distancing measures if you're venturing out. 

If you choose to go out for any reason this weekend, please practice appropriate hygiene and physical distancing measures, as laid out by the WHO and the Australian Department of Health.

RECOMMENDED: The museums and galleries opening in Sydney from June 1

Find the best things to do this weekend

1
Overlooking Watson's Bay hotel
Photograph: Supplied/Watson's Bay Boutique Hotel

Book out these sports bars to watch the footy

News Sport & Fitness

Is it getting hot in here? Nope, that's just footy fever. A bunch of pubs in different corners of the city have climbed aboard the exclusive hire train in celebration of the NRL season resuming on Thursday, May 28.  They're allowing you and nine friends the chance to take over their sports bars for a game – all the better to scream yourself hoarse, without lifting any brows. From Thursday, May 28 - Sunday, May 31, you'll get to watch the game on the big screen at all of these venues – and be well fed and watered while you're at it.

2
Shopfront with chairs and tables outside
Photograph: Supplied/Pilgrims

Check out Bronte's new vegetarian café

Restaurants

Bronte's main strip has grown into a sort of mecca for cafés offering light, coastal fare perfect for towelling off with after a salty dip. Latest among these is South Coast institution Pilgrims, which Sydneysiders no longer have to travel down the coast to get a bite of. It has since popped up in Huskisson, Cronulla and Corrimal – and now, in the heart of the Eastern suburbs with its Bronte outlet. Stop by for an acai bowl, wholesome veggie burger or a freshly brewed coffee. 

Advertising
3
Two people sit in a small theatre watching a movie
Photograph: Anna Kucera

Catch a flick with Golden Age Cinema's new streaming service

News City Life

The Golden Age has launched Movie Night, a curated cinema streaming platform that they’re calling “the femme fatale, the leading man, and the sassy best friend all in one” – sign us up, right? But don't worry, this isn't just another subscription service to add to the list. You can rent individual movies and documentaries from a fine tuned collection that is being added to every week, with titles starting at $4.99.

4
Ibrahim Mahama's stunning art din Cockatoo Island Turbine Hall
Photograph: Zan Wimberley

Plan your outing to see the Biennale of Sydney

News Art

The Biennale of Sydney has announced that its 2020 edition will be reopening from June 16, with some venues opening even earlier from June 1. In exciting news for art lovers and those eager to explore the exhibitions and installations hosted across multiple venues throughout the city, it has also been announced today that the Biennale will be extended until September 6, after it was initially scheduled to conclude on June 8. 

Advertising
5
Diner with people inside
Photograph: Supplied/Blacktown Skyline Drive In

Check out Blacktown's drive-in cinema

News City Life

From Thursday May 28, the Sky Line Drive In in Blacktown opens again to the public, with a whole season's worth of cinematic programming to keep you coming back for more. Blacktown's drive-in cinema will be screening a wonderful mish-mash of the best blockbusters, cult classics and throwback family flicks – including Frozen II, The Goonies, The Invisible Man, Birds of Prey, Grease and more. The drive-in cinema will be open Thursday through to Sunday each week, as well as Monday, June 8 for the Queen’s birthday long weekend. 

6
Outside from the street at Four Ate Five
Photograph: Anna Kucera

Eat in at your favourite café or restaurant

News City Life

In excellent news for Sydney's hospitality industry, you can now head to your local restaurants and cafés for dine-in eating from Friday, May 15 – but they'll be limited to allowing a maximum of 10 customers at a time, and will also need to allow four square meters of space per patron. Check out our list or your favourite venue's social media for updates on opening times, reservations and sittings. 

Advertising
7
Table in front of aquarium tank
Photograph: Supplied/Sea Life Sydney

Hire out the entire Sydney aquarium for dinner

News City Life

Hold your (sea)horses, Sydney's Sea Life Aquarium is opening its doors for a private dining experience unlike any other. The aquarium is allowing ten diners in at a time to eat alongside sharks, sea cucumbers, sawfish, and even a dugong called Pig, while restrictions on dining continue around the state. 

8
Jacaranda tress at the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Photograph: Destination NSW

Wander around a green space

Attractions Parks and gardens

In these times of isolation and spending a lot of time indoors at home, getting some fresh air and some sunlight might be just what you need. Whether you're looking to go for a run, walk your dog, have a sedate picnic or just take a break from your four walls, these are the parks to visit. Remember to continue to practice physical distancing, as stated under the rules in place from May 15, and do not gather with more than 10 people. Some hand santiser also wouldn't go astray.

Advertising
10
Bubbletent, Capertee Valley
Photograph: Supplied/Destination NSW

Dream of one of these wintery getaways

Travel

Australia has always existed in the popular imagination as the slip-slop-slap land of sun, sea and snags. But our backyard isn't just worth frolicking around in the summertime. From the majestic, crisp peaks of the Blue Mountains to the bucolic vineyards of Mudgee, we've rounded up some of our favourite cold-weather destinations to travel to from Sydney. 

Advertising
11
Whale breaching
Photograph: Unsplash/Todd Cravens

Head to a lookout point to watch whales

Things to do Walks and tours

Hark! What's that? If it's winter in Sydney and you're standing by the sea, it could very well be the most majestic creature of the sea popping up to say hello – and, y'know, breathe. In Sydney, winter is your best bet to catch a glimpse of some humpback whales, as 20,000 of them make moves along the New South Wales coastline between May to August. Head to one of these lookouts to with your camera and binoculars in tow capture some blowholes spouting.

12
Cocktails at Gin Lane
Photograph: Cassandra Hannagan

Pick up drive-through gin cocktails

News Restaurants

Driving and cocktails shouldn't usually go hand in hand – but there's an exception to be made for Chippendale bar Gin Lane's new drive-through service selling bottled cocktails – for you to drink in the safety of your own home, of course. Gin Lane, master creators of elaborate, gin-based cocktails, have launched a new range of bottled cocktails which you can pick up from their inner-city store between Wednesday and Saturday from 2 - 8.30pm. 

Advertising
13
Fitness people at Bondi Beach Outdoor Gym

Get fit at the best outdoor gyms in Sydney

Sport and fitness Gyms

While the city's gyms remain shuttered for the time being, outdoor community gyms will once again be accessible to the public from Friday, May 15. Here are some of the best outdoor fitness stations from across Sydney, which you can access 24-hours a day and completely free.  

14
Korean fried chicken and sauces
Photograph: Supplied/Gami

Get 20 per cent off Korean fried chicken at Gami

News Restaurants

Who needs 11 secret herbs and spices when you can have 17? That's amount of different seasonings Gami, well-known purveyor of some of the country's most mouthwatering Korean fried chicken, is slathering over the chook it'll be delivering to your door – and until May 20, you'll get a sneaky 20 per cent off all orders of $20 or more. 

Advertising
15
Box with tea, yoghurt and bubble tea ingredients
Photograph: Supplied/Burwood Hotel

Make your own alcoholic bubble tea

News Bars & Pubs

In the ever expanding list of things you never thought you'd be experimenting with at home comes the Burwood Hotel's latest offering: DIY bubble tea-making kits, in six different alcoholic flavours. The Inner West favourite has been slinging alcoholic bubble tea for some time, but now the Burwood Hotel has branched out to offer DIY kits of six different bubble tea cocktails, for $50.

16
iguel Maestre hosts cooking demonstration
Photograph: Supplied/Love Cooking Live!

Attend a free online cooking class with Miguel Maestre

News City Life

According to mums all over Australia who’ve seen him on The Living Room – and that one friend of mine who made me watch a lot of clips of him enthusiastically cooking rice and beans over a campfire in I’m Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here (which he also won earlier this year) – Miguel Maestre is a bona fide heartthrob.  Australia’s favourite (and only?) Spanish celebrity chef will be injecting some joy and flair into your lounge room with his first livestreamed cooking demonstration this Friday, May 8, as he walks you through his family-friendly recipe for crispy chicken tacos with fresh tortillas. 

Advertising
17
Someone holding a box of produce from the Tramsheds Growers Markets
Photograph: Supplied

Attend the virtual Tramsheds Growers Markets

News Style & Shoppng

Nothing will ever compare to the feel-good feeling that comes with meandering through the stalls of a weekend farmers market. Now, this Sunday market has temporarily moved online. Yes, that means Madeleines, meringues and canelés from Sacrebleu; doughnuts from Sergio’s Kitchen; all things macadamia from Brother Mountain; handcrafted miso from Enokido; olives galore from the Olive Bar and small-batch granola from MG Food Co. 

18
Woman pouring cocktail
Photograph: Anna Kucera

Get your movie snacks from Golden Age

News Restaurants

Low-lit, indie Surry Hills favourite Golden Age Cinema and Bar is delivering at least part of the movie experience to your door, with the launch of its new candy bar and bottle shop service, Bottle Rocket. Grab hot peanuts or one of four types of housemade popcorn: you can get it plain and buttered, garnished with rosemary and parmesan, sprinkled with spices, or jumbled in with hot wasabi peas ($7). Oh, and the drinks selection is even better. 

Advertising
19
A performer wearing white underwear and a gold decorated strapless bra looks defiantly at the camera, their arms raised above their head.
Photograph: Supplied/Kelli Jean Drinkwater

Tune into the Red Rattler Theatre's new, online events series

News Film

Beloved Inner West arts venue, Red Rattler Theatre, is kicking off a new fortnightly online events series on Friday, May 8, with a screening of Kelli Jean Drinkwater’s groundbreaking documentary Nothing To Lose. In the Beforetime, this community-run warehouse was the site of many a queer party, niche gig, poetry slam, and so on. Now the team is carrying that creative, inclusive energy into our current physically distanced situation with a series of digital screenings, performances, talks and DJ showcases that support local queer entertainers and artists.  

20
Joan Sutherland in Lucia di Lammermoor, 1980.
Photograph: Branco Gaica/Opera Australia Archives

Watch Opera Australia’s greatest productions online, for free

News Theatre & Performance

One of the country’s most prestigious live theatre companies has joined the mass pivot to online streaming with the launch of OA | TV: Opera Australia on Demand. The free, on-demand streaming service will release exclusive content every week, drawing from the company’s extensive back catalogue of live performance recordings. 

Advertising
21
Cheese and wine in a row
Photograph: Supplied/Revolution box

Get cheesy raclette and fondue kits delivered to your door

News Restaurants

Bastille Day might be a while away yet, but there's no bad time to feast on gooey, melted French cheese in a wheel. That's why the organisers of the Bastille Festival, a French festival held annually in July in Sydney's Rocks district, have announced the launch of their 'Revolution Boxes' – and it's come just in time for Sydney's snap of chilly weather. While the Festival itself has been postponed until October 2020, the francophiles among you can still get your Frenchy fix with boxes of wine, cheese and other goodies delivered to your door. Vive la révolution indeed, especially if it's this cheesy.  Now, the crucial question: which box will you choose? Kits contain allthe ingredients you need to make fondue or raclette – or simply treat yourself to a selection of wine and cheeses from the full range online. The fondue Savoyarde (a type of fondue from the foothills of the Alps) box ($105) contains everything you need to ensure you have cheese dreams that night: three cheeses portioned and weighed, a bottle of white wine from Savoie, another for cooking (!), baguettes for dipping and a bottle of kirsch to pour straight in to your gooey pot of fondue. And don't worry – a step-by-step recipe and tasting notes will ensure you don't put a foot wrong throughout your French escapades. S'il vous plaît, et merci.  If fondue isn't quite your flavour of melting French cheese, the raclette box ($95) contains everything you'll need to cook up a rustic feast in your home: 500 grams of racl

22
Marta's café
Photograph: Anna Kucera

Drop by this transformed weekend bakery

News Restaurants

If you've kept your head while all your social media acquaintances fall, one by one, into the tempting pit of sourdough-making madness, we've got just the place for you to pick up a delicious loaf – made by someone who actually does it for a living. At Marta, a Roman-inspired restaurant in Rushcutter's Bay, Flavio Carnevale and his team have adapted to the times by opening up a bakery on weekends to bring you five (!) different varieties of bread, focaccias, pizzettas, flaky pastries and a cart full of housemade gelato.

Advertising
23
A wheel of pecorino cheese with fettuccine pasta inside on a table
Photograph: Cassandra Hannagan

Order DIY cacio e pepe and a 1.5kg wheel of cheese

News Restaurants

These days, there are no rules for dining at home. Now, the boys from Darlinghurst’s Buffalo Dining Club are giving you the chance to re-create their signature dish under your own roof for the very first time with DIY kit of 150 grams of fresh pasta and a jar of black pepper and parmesan sauce for you to cook at home for $22. You can add a 16-centimetre, 1.5-kilogram wheel of pecorino cheese to your order for $75. 

24
A shot of a bartender behind the bar at The Lord Gladstone, pull
Photograph: Anna Kucera

Grab an on-tap Espresso Martini to go from the Gladdy

News Bars & Pubs

If an entire keg of Espresso Martini was a little too ambitious for you, you can still whet your appetite for buzzy booze with the Lord Gladstone's on-tap Espresso Martinis, which are now available for takeaway. At just $5 for 100ml of the good stuff, it'd be rude not to.  The Lord Gladstone – it's the Gladdy, who are we kidding? – have also got a takeaway on-tap beers and a menu made to travel, including favourites like the Glad burger ($18), mac and cheese ($10), and a good old schnitty ($21).

Advertising
25
Girl holding camera
Photograph: Unsplash/Marco Xu

Take a photography class with the Australian Centre of Photography

News City Life

See that lemon sitting on the countertop, the afternoon light striking it just so? That's a still-life waiting to happen – if you've got the photography skills for it. The ACP is running an introductory course on the basics of digital photography ($179), as well as venturing further into the specifics of the art with courses on the basics of design lighting at home for people and objects ($249) and an introduction to Adobe Lightroom ($349). The courses will encourage you to harness the world around you – as physically limited as it may be for now – to create striking, principled photos. 

26
A blank canvas propped up next to paints, a wine glass and a phone playing an instructional video.
Photograph: Supplied

Sip and paint with these digital classes and art packs

News City Life

If you haven’t picked up a paint brush since a high school art class, a blank canvas sitting before you can be a bit of an overwhelming prospect. Thankfully, local ‘sip and paint’ studios are now offering at-home options. Sip and paint classes are $20 a session and typically run from 7pm during the week, with some Sunday afternoon sessions at 2pm. 

Advertising
27
Painting of Sydney Harbour
Photograph: Courtesy of the State Library of NSW

Put together jigsaw puzzles of famous Sydney paintings online

News City Life

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who puzzle and those who are confused about why the other kind so cheerfully volunteer to undertake mundane, unpaid labour.  If you fall firmly into the first category and you're sniffing around for a new puzzling fix, then we've got a treat for you. The State Library of New South Wales has launched a series of virtual jigsaw puzzles inspired by its collections. 

28
Images of local drag performers collaged together.
Image: Mitchell Moore/Photographs: supplied by the artists

Check out these drag stars still performing in iso

News City Life

It would not be an overstatement to say that for many of us, our world has been turned on its head. For drag artists, many have not only lost multiple income streams, but the space to share their art. When clubs and bars packed with people and touring are your bread and butter, Aunty Rona isn’t a kind visitor.  But if drag queens, drag kings and drag things have anything in common, it’s ingenuity. They can create a character with nothing but a fabulous, hearty slap of makeup, and now they’re creating performance opportunities and cultivating community out of thin air and a WiFi connection. We checked in with several drag artists who do their thing in Sydney to see how their lives have changed and how they’re adapting to the new normal.  Penny Tration View this post on Instagram A post shared by Penny Tration (@the_pennytration) on Apr 3, 2020 at 11:45pm PDT In the beforetime, Penny Tration led a busy life juggling a day job flying around the world as a flight attendant with a night life as a larger than life drag queen, performing all over Sydney and running award-winning GenderBender Bingo nights across several venues. Penny (Daniel Floyd) was on leave in Mexico when Australia started closing its borders. Arriving home to two weeks isolation in a one bedroom apartment, Penny decided to pass the time by hosting digital drag shows. The Tration in Isolation Facebook group has since grown into an online community hosting regular shows. “I thought, well I’ve got t

Advertising
29
Three people pose against a pink flamingo wallpaper, they are holding red feather fans in front of them and wearing lingire.
Photograph: Katia Schwartz

Take a burlesque class online

News City Life

Sky Sirens Academy of Burlesque, Pole Dance & Aerial Artistry in Surry Hills is a place where people across Sydney have converged to learn new skills and reclaim their own sensuality. While the studio has temporarily closed its doors, it's released a suite of online classes: unleash your inner flapper, try some burlesque, improve your flexibility, or polish up your freestyle showgirl moves. 

30
Man holding bagel with cream cheese
Photograph: Supplied/Brooklyn Boy Bagels

Pick up New York-style bagels in Marrickville

News Restaurants

None of us are travelling to New York anytime soon, but you can still get yourself a true taste of the Big Apple with Brooklyn Boy Bagels' new carpark set-up. Drop in, grab a box of bagels (as well as some lox and schmear), and cruise on back home.  Brooklyn Boy's got all the bagels you could want: plain, blueberry, sesame, poppy seed and, just as you'd find in a bodega in the boroughs, an everything bagel scattered with poppy, sesame and caraway seeds. 

Advertising
31
Table of food at Lankan Filling Station
Photograph: Anna Kucera

Grab takeaway from Lankan Filling Station

News Restaurants

The Darlinghurst restaurant that was crowned both our Restaurant of the Year at the 2019 was temporarily closed, but now has made almost all of its menu available for pick up on Friday and Saturday evenings. This includes all of chef-owner O Tama Carey’s curries and sambols, as well as fan favourites like the wok-tossed cabbage, tamarind-scented eggplant and the aromatic love cake for dessert. 

32
Two people sit at a table covered in craft supplies with tins of beer, their hands are in the air, they look excited.
Photograph: Supplied/Art Somewhere

Get crafty while sinking craft beers with this new subscription box

News City Life

Need a push to get your creative juices flowing? All this new-found extra time at home is the perfect excuse to put those hands to work getting quaran-crafty. The crafty types from Art Somewhere dreamed up this ingenious crossover service and they're now delivering it to you via a fortnightly subscription box. 

Advertising
33
Dinosaur exhibit in a museum
Photograph: Unsplash/Adam Mathieu

Explore the Australian Museum's new, virtual experience

News City Life

The Australian Museum's new virtual project is basically the educational equivalent of hiding vegetables in your kids' spaghetti – they'll learn a whole lot without even realising how it happened. For learning with a dose of fun, children can explore the Museum's range of 3D models, created through a process called photogrammetry. 

34
Artist Lavrence performs in all black leather holding a microphone, their cropped hair is bright yellow and they wear blue eyeshadow.
Photograph: Supplied/Heaps Gay

Dance along to Loud 'n' Queer TV

Things to do

While the iso-life has given us plenty to miss as we do our best protect the health of ourselves and others, for many of us a special iso tear is reserved for the beauty and interconnection of queer nightlife. Loud 'n' Queer TV is a livestreamed party coming at you every Friday night from 8pm while we’re all home. Catch all the live music, performance art, “weird stuff” and random chats you’ve been missing.  

Advertising
35
Food and drink at Pocket Bar Darlinghurst
Photograph: Supplied

Get some canned cocktails delivered to your doorstep

News Bars & Pubs

There are many rituals we're missing about pre-lockdown life, but post-work drinks is a big one. With the once-bustling CBD streets now empty and the enforced closure of bars and pubs around the country, many have moved online to spruik their wares. Now, the names behind some of Sydney's most popular bars – including Button Bar and Stitch Bar and Terrigal's Pocket Bar, – have opened up an online store selling canned versions of your favourite 5pm beverages, ready for delivery to your doorstep.  They've got a range of 330ml and 500ml of cocktails to whet the most even the most unusual of appetites. Once you've tried out classics like the Amaretto Sour (amaretto liqueur, lemon juice and a dash of angostura bitters) and an Old-Fashioned (just bourbon, sugar, bitter), try out something a little different. Maybe the fresh, Jimmy Hendricks, featuring gin, St Germain elderflower liqueur, cucumber, lime juice and a dash of rosewater ($42.00 for three cocktails). Or, take yourself on a little vacay with the Fuego Senorita: spicy and tropical, with pineapple rum, ginger, lime and smoky mezcal flavours. You'll get six cocktails for $75.  If you're in the mood for something a little more illicit, check out the hip flasks: they're filled with the equivalent of two rum-based I'm the Captain Now cocktails, that you can swig on the go – for now, just on your walk from the kitchen to the living room. Sweet, delicious mutiny.      Photograph: Supplied/House of Pocket     Once you've made you

36
Person making coffee behind counter at Single O cafe
Photograph: Katje Ford

Grab takeaway or delivery from your favourite Sydney restaurant

News Restaurants

Despite drastic staff cuts and an unprecedented downturn in trade, our city’s hospitality industry is proving how resourceful, supportive and proactive it can be. Some of our favourite spots to get watered and fed have pivoted their offerings to include home delivery, pre-prepared meals, contactless click-and-collect pick-up and produce boxes direct from their suppliers. Check them out with our rolling list. 

Advertising
37
Season two of the Heights on ABC TV
Photograph: Megan Lewis

Check out the best feel-good TV on the ABC and SBS

Film

If you’re anything like us, you're in desperate need of something light and easy to binge-watch while settling into your sofa this weekend. With minimal tolerance for grim and gritty right now, we've turned to our public broadcasters (bless the ABC and SBS) for low-key cute chuckles with a side of feel-good warm and fuzzies that will cost you nada to mainline. Here are a few of our current faves that you should pop onto your list. 

38
Loaf of bread and two avocados
Photograph: Supplied/Sonoma

Smash an avo at home with Sonoma's new brunch packs

News Restaurants

Sydneysiders have had to give up a lot recently, but there's no way we're relinquishing the simple, buttery delight of a perfectly smashed avocado slathered on toast. Now, a Sydney institution has made it easier for you to get your café-quality smashed avo fix.  Sydney's long-standing Sonoma bakery is now offering delivery on its at-home brunch packs – so save yourself a trip to the grocery store and get your avos dropped off straight to your door. As many restaurants and cafés who'd ordinarily be ordering our favourite breakkie side in bulk close their doors around Australia, mountains of avocados have been left without a home. In order to rescue them from waste, Sonoma has partnered with Australian Avocados to create delicious brunch packs. Bonus: you'll also be supporting local farmers while you brunch.  Packs include a half-loaf of Miche Sonoma bread, two (!) avocados and a spice-filled seed mix to sprinkle on top ($15). No-fuss brunch, sorted. Order via the Bopple App for free delivery when you spend more than $20, as long as you're within 4kms of one of the many Sonoma locations in Sydney (Alexandria, Bondi, Leichhardt, Manly, Rose Bay, Waterloo and Woollahra). Want more goodies at your door? Check out these at-home craft packs from local makers. 

Advertising
39
Four pre-mixed cocktails from MONA
Photograph: Supplied/MONA/Jesse Hunniford

Get extremely potent, unholy cocktails delivered from MONA

News Bars & Pubs

Lean in to impending doom and drink from MONA's Unholy Waters: a range of pre-mixed cocktails designed to give you a dose of MONA's maverick mischief from home. The Espresso Damnation packs a punch: a fragrant coffee liqueur and cold-drip coffee, cut through with a hint of chocolate-mole bitters and artichoke amaro. If you're feeling fancy, MONA recommends you garnish your creation with dehydrated orange and a couple more coffee beans. 

40
Neil Perry at Rosetta
Photograph: Graham Denholm

Watch Neil Perry's cooking tips on Instagram

News Restaurants

Chefs have taken to the Instagram cooking class format like ducks to water. The latest among them? The inimitable Neil Perry. But this one's got a twist: he's coming at you not with recipes, but with a bounty of technical advice and tips to elevate your cooking game to the next level. 

Advertising
41
Maggie Beer sitting at a table holding one of her cookbooks.
Photograph: Supplied/Dragan

Learn how to cook with Australian legend Maggie Beer

News Restaurants

Culinary icon Maggie Beer has gotten in on the virtual cooking class action, with the launch of her new social-media series, Cooking with Maggie. So far, she’s whipped up her famous eggplant and eggs, as well as a side dish of caramelised onions with Persian feta, and an inspired take on the Tuscan bread-and-tomato salad, panzanella.

42
Art Gallery of New South Wales 2017 exterior daylight August feat Archibald Prize banners (C) AGNSW photographer credit Felicity Jenkins
Photograph: Felicity Jenkins

Learn how to draw with Ben Quilty

News Art

Renowned Australian painter Ben Quilty, who's in isolation in his home studio with his charming 11-year-old daughter, Livvy is teaching us all how to draw, for free, online. Quilty's paintings of landscapes and expressive portraits have been exhibited all around the world, but this class requires no special talent. Watch him and his daughter explain the mathematics of art. 

Advertising
43
Paper craft koi fish making class with ClassBento
Photograph: Supplied/ClassBento

Take hands-on, virtual craft classes

News Art

ClassBento is an online platform for creative, active and food-focussed workshops and classes taught by local expert makers. What's more, they've now launched livestreamed workshops, complete with a box of crafty goodies delivered to your door (and you'll pay zilch for delivery).  Make a quarantine coffee scrub, scent some soy candles, dabble in Turkish mosaic, and, if you're feeling like getting into the festive spirit, learn how to felt an Easter bunny (not a chocolate one). 

44
A shot of the kitchen team at Mr Wong, with Dan Hong next to som
Photograph: Daniel Boud

Learn from Merivale chefs who are sharing free recipes online

News Restaurants

Like so many others in the hospitality industry, the head chef at Paddington’s paddock-to-plate fine diner, Fred’s, is coping with the temporary closure of her workplace. And like the rest of us, she is looking to her pantry for a bit of inspiration. Luckily, she’s sharing some of that wisdom via Instagram.  

Advertising
45
a woman in a tshirt and track pants dances
Photograph: Forest Simon/Unsplash

Dance along at a virtual nightclub

Things to do Your place, Sydney

What is one of the first things you're going to do after isolation is lifted? If your answer is along the lines of “going to the club”, we feel you. Mildly Wet is a fully interactive “online quarantine club” fitted out with sick beats, chat windows and webcams. The club kicks off every Saturday night at 9pm AEST, promising an hour of boogies and a reminder that we are not alone. 

46
Woman in a yoga pose
Photograph: Pixabay/AndiP

Get stacked

Sport and fitness

During times of uncertainty, a reliable routine can really help. Don't worry, we’ve picked out some handy online workouts by local experts, so you can still get your heart pumping and those endorphins flowing in the safety of your own home: from cardio, to barre, pilates and strength training. 

Advertising
47
 Linguine, black garlic, burnt chilli at Acme
Photograph: Rachel Murdolo

Learn how to make pasta on Instagram

News Restaurants

Mitch Orr has cooked in some of the Harbour City’s best kitchens – including Sepia and Pilu at Freshwater, to name a few. Now, he's sharing simple, traditional recipes on his Instagram account to help you weather these tough times. 

48
A shark swims through an aquarium
Photograph: Supplied/Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

Watch livestreams with the aquatic residents of Sydney's aquarium

Things to do

One day, when the next generation asks us how we made it through the isolation era of 2020, how we reminded ourselves there was a world outside and beautiful things in it, our unanimous answer will be: “livestreams of animals”. The Sydney Sea Life Aquarium and Wild Life Sydney Zoo are bringing through the best livestreamed friends of the furry, scaly and slithery varieties every week.

Advertising
49
Giraffe at Taronga Zoo
Photograph: Supplied

Watch animal antics with this zoo livestream

News City Life

Zoos may be closed, but Taronga Zoo has upped the ante with the launch of Taronga TV, a new digital platform streaming animal enclosures, behind-the-scenes 'sneak peeks’ and after-hours footage revealing what the keepers and the animals they care for get up to when the park is closed to the public.  They'll be releasing video content daily on their social media channels, so check in. 

Want some coffee with that?

Recommended

    You may also like

      Advertising